What do YOU stand for?

Sample Program

(A supplemental piece for the handout with the 2003 KAFCE Lesson)

Supplementary pages can also be accessed at: http://kswomen.com  -  click on Issues

 

Advance Preparation: From the Handout, choose six or more issues for discussion. Collect related news articles and, if a member of your local group is internet savvy, do some research. In addition to state and federal bill and statute search websites, an excellent search engine is http://www.google.com.

 

Meeting #1: Do the roll call and present material in the Leader’s Guide for discussion. Consider possible Community Service Activities. Hand out copies of articles—only 1-2 issues per member and don’t duplicate). Ask each member to think about her issues before the next meeting.

 

Meeting #2: Post signs that say Agree, Neutral, Disagree. Present one at a time the selected issues from the Handout. Examples: Building more prisons is the best solution to overcrowding; Kansans should be able to carry a concealed weapon; Special interest license plates should be allowed with little restriction; Internet filtering should be required in public libraries; The federal government should pass the Republican bill S964 PCS to raise the minimum wage by $1 over 3 years. For each issue, ask members to ‘vote’ by standing by the appropriate sign. Make note of how many voted in each category. Try to word your issues so they are not obviously slanted to one ideology. This should move very quickly.

 

Divide members into groups of no fewer than 3 per table. Assign one issue per table for discussion, without duplication. Provide the Handout for a guide along with the related research information. Assign a group leader, as under roll-playing, and ask the leader to report the various conclusions within the group. The group leader may want to record discussion on a form similar to the one below. Give the groups 10-15 minutes to discuss their issues. If time allows, assign a second group of issues. End each session by repeating the questions for vote, and again make note of how many voted in each category. You may be surprised at how the voting shifts. At the end of the program, encourage members to read and continue discussing the issues within thei circle of acquaintances. Make plans for a Community Activity.


What do YOU stand for?

Defining the Issues Worksheet

1.     Area of Concern         ________________________________________________

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2.     Different Viewpoints        ______________________________________________

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3.     Pros and Cons of Viewpoints        _______________________________________

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4.     Conclusions       _____________________________________________________

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5.     First Steps to Take        _______________________________________________

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How would YOU vote – Yes? or No?

This worksheet was modeled after a similar form in

2002 NAFCE Lesson, Whooo Me?